With back to school on all of our brains, now is great time to talk kids and digital devices. As parents, we all try to limit our child’s time using digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones. But sometimes time adds up quickly and kids end up spending more time than we think on their devices.
In a recent poll conducted by the American Optometric Association, 83% percent of kids said that they use their device more than 3 hours a day – compared to only 40% of parents polled who said their children use their digital devices more than 3 hours a day. What does this mean? Kids use their devices more than parents think!
Eighty percent of kids said they experience burning, itchy or tired eyes after using their devices for long periods of time.
So, how to prevent this? Make sure your kiddos use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives the eyes a break and helps to prevent strain.
Check out the infographic above, created by the American Optometric Association.